Serena Williams stated on Saturday the COVID-19 outbreak has no longer best given her a a lot wanted stretch of downtime along with her circle of relatives, it has additionally turned her into a bit of a “neurotic” and “a recluse” given her previous well being scares.
The 23-times Grand Slam champion, who has a historical past of blood clots and pulmonary embolisms, stated she has no longer taken the virus scenario calmly and that her well being has been her most sensible precedence forward of her go back to pageant.
“I’ve been a little bit of a recluse,” Williams, 38, stated on a video name from Lexington, Kentucky the place she is going to compete in subsequent week’s Top Seed Open.
“I don’t have full lung capacity so I’m not sure what would happen to me. I’m sure I would be OK but I don’t want to find out.”
Williams, who has additionally dedicated to enjoying within the Aug. 31-Sept. 13 U.S. Open, stated it used to be amusing to in spite of everything go back to tennis however the thought of travelling isn’t one she took calmly.
“I have like 50 masks that I travel with … I’m super, super careful with what I’ve been doing, and everyone in the Serena bubble is really protected,” stated Williams.
“Because at the end of the day it’s cool to play tennis, but this is my life and this is my health, so I’ve been a little neurotic to an extent but that’s just what I have to be right now.”
Williams, who remaining competed in February when she helped the United States defeat Latvia in Fed Cup play, stated something she has discovered during a pandemic that has turned the worldwide carrying calendar on its head isn’t to plot too a long way forward.
But after the U.S. Open, the place she is a six-times champion, Williams has each and every aim to fly to Europe the place the French Open is scheduled to start out on Sept. 27.
“I see myself doing it all if it happens,” stated Williams, who might be joined via older sister Venus, Sloane Stephens and Victoria Azarenka within the box on the inaugural Top Seed Open.